Tuesday, August 31, 2010

a little tip: Stair Bucket

Okay..so, I have made no bones about the fact that I love LOVE my Car Bucket.

I have loved how my Car Bucket has helped me to keep my car clutter down and even non existent! I have been using mine since the original post, and I have to say it has helped me in huge ways to keep my out of the house stuff in order, as well as the in the house stuff out of the car when the trip is over.

I have instituted another "bucket" in my life that I wanted to share ...as I shared with you in my post about my Steedly entryway, I have stairs separating the living part of the house and the bedrooms. My laundry room is downstairs, which means there is alot of lugging up and down those stairs on a daily basis.

There is also a ton of clutter on the stairs ALL the time. This is my unimpressive attempt at reminding myself to lug things up or down the stairs "next time" I am going the direction the stuff belongs.  Usually, I walk right over it because it is too many things to grab and I will just get it next time. 

Since my CB worked so well, I have been working on instituting my "Stair Bucket"  ..which is a cute basket that sits either at the top, or the bottom of the stairs that works the same way I use the CB. I put everything in there that needs to go up the stairs, or down them..the key to making it happen is that instead of it being set all over the stairs, it is ordered into one container that I can grab on my way up/downstairs

Also, like my CB, it has to be emptied when I get to where I am going, but it seems like that hasnt been too much of a problem because I am not letting it get to be a ton of stuff before taking care of it.

I have to admit that since starting school a three weeks ago, clutter has become a HUGE issue around here! I dont have as many productive moments to declutter, so any time I can cut the clutter down on my way to do other things is a huge bonus!

So, what do you think? Are their other areas of your house that you can use a "bucket"? 
Do you have stairs, and use a different method of keeping them clear of clutter?

I would love to hear if this idea works for you..it does work for me!


  1. Ok, I LOVE this idea! I know I'll be tempted to pile stuff on our stairs once we have them, so I need to keep this in mind!

  2. I do this. I used to do once a day, but now since our adoption we've hit like once a week....Anyway... We call it a "clutter basket" (laundry basket) and when we're downstairs we fill it with things that should be upstairs. Then we go up and put it away and then look for things that are upstairs that should be downstairs.

  3. I like this idea!! We ALWAYS seem to have piles of stuff at the top & bottom of our stairs!!

  4. FABULOUS idea! I live in a house similar to yours. I have a laundry bucket at the top of the stairs to the laundry area, but the stairs going up to the living area are a disaster! I'll definitely be doing this!

    Off to check out your Car Bucket solution :)

  5. I bought the kids laundry baskets at Walmart several months ago [let them pick their colors] and we bring them downstairs every night before bed to pick up anything of theirs that is down and take it upstairs.. it is sooo nice!! Carson still needs a little bit of help with his, but it really is a great way to teach them to pick up at the end of the day, and a huge help to me!


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